TSU Freshmen Rank 24th In The Nation
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State men’s golf team boasts the 24th ranked freshmen class in the country according to Golfstat.com. The combination of Jermey Fultz (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Andy Stout (Manchester, Tenn.) has teamed for a 73.50 average and a Relative Strength rating of 208.953.
“I can’t say I am surprised by their performance,” Coach Parrish McGrath said. “This is what I expected when I brought them to TSU.”
The Tigers are the lone Ohio Valley Conference program to currently be ranked in the Freshman Top 25.
The University of Nevada holds down the top spot and is followed by North Carolina, Wake Forest, Southern California and SMU. Rounding out the Top 10 were, Northwestern, Oregon, Illinois, California and Southern Utah.
Fultz has claimed two top 20 finishes on the young season, while Stout earned a spot in the top-5 at the Black College Hall of Fame Tournament. Earlier in the week, Stout placed one spot ahead of Fultz as they finished 12th and 13th, respectively.
Stout ranks eighth in the OVC, tied with senior James Stepp, with a 72.8 average. Fultz is tied for 11th in the conference at 73.1.
”I’m glad they have been able to make the transition to the collegiate level,” said McGrath. “I believe it is going to beginning of many accolades that for these two young gentlemen.”
The Tigers are third as a team with a 292.5 average, behind UT Martin (290.8) and Eastern Kentucky (291.1). Defending conference champions, Jacksonville State, has posted a 279.0 average in three rounds played, two shy of the minimum number of rounds to be ranked in the OVC.
“They have definitely been a spark for the rest of the team,” McGrath stated. “The newcomers have helped motivate the squad to increase their game. We look at things with a new attitude when it comes to the teams we feel we can compete against.”
TSU returns to action on Monday, Oct. 20, at the F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate to be held in Hopkinsville, Ky.